Klim Overland Jacket
I bought both the pants and jacket in April. They have what appears to be very good protection and durability. Coolest temps I have used it in is 40 and it was very comfortable. When you get to high 80's and 90's it does get a bit warm. Great rain protection.
July 24, 2014
Bought this jacket and matching pants several months ago for a two month trip to Canada and Alaska from Tennessee. Jacket performed beautifully! Goretex linning kept me 100% dry. The jacket is everything that the description entails. I only encountered a few drawbacks. To start off I'm 6'4" and 190lbs. Klim doesnt offer a tall size in their jackets, so to get enough sleeve length i had to order the next size up jacket which also got me more mateial around the mid section. With that being said, my drawbacks may stem from the jacket being a bit big. Here goes. 1.The jacket has the D3O armor in it. That being said, the back pad seemed heavy and pulled the jacket down in the back creating a tightness against the front of my neck. 2. The collar could be a bit taller by an 1/2 to 1 inch. I had some slight issues with heavy rain getting down my neck past the collar. 3. A waist or mid chest cinch/ velcro strap would be nice to hold in some of the excess jacket during high speed travel. I found that a bungee strap around the waist did the trick and helped hold the back pad in place. The extra rooom in the mid section did allow for more clothing to be worn while in northern Canada and Alaska. The Gore-tex linning did its job wonderfully, keep the rain out! I knew it wouldnt breathe well with the gore-tex, but that was the trade off i was willing to make for 100% waterproof. That's where the zip vents come in super handy! just be sure to zip them up when the rain comes! Iplan to keep wearing the gear. Its level of durability and quality create a safe feeling when i have it on. I wont ride without it on again!
July 21, 2014
Great 3 season coat
Ride: BMW GS1200R.
This coat is great. Water beads up and blows away. The vents work great to keep you cool. I was riding in 90 degree sun and felt good as long as we were moving. The neck collar does not interfere with my ARAI XD4 helmet. The wrist (velcro) cuffs work great with shorter gloves. Plenty of room inside the jacket for under layers for colder days. I rode in 48 degree rain showers and began to fill a chill after about 2 hours. (with only wearing a T-shirt). Recommend a separate back protector in conjunction to the one provided in the coat.
July 8, 2014
Very nice, albeit simple, jacket.
Very nice jacket. Could use a few more pockets, but extremely well made and appears that it would offer very good protection in a crash. I'm 6'-1" tall and weigh around 165 lbs and went with a large which fits perfect in the shoulders and arm length, but is loose around the torso. Good venting and feels nice while riding. (I even remove the armor and use it while skiing.)
July 2, 2014
Great Quality for Standard-Sized People
I recently spent five days riding from Anchorage to Dawson in the Yukon, and I basically lived in the Overland jacket and pants during this time. I live in CO, and I have put a few thousand miles in pretty rough weather on my 2013 FJR1300 since purchasing this gear. I'm 5'10" with 30-32 inch inseam and around 200lbs--slightly shorter and rounder than your average Coloradoan. The main reservation I have about this gear is that the sizes are drastically different. I ordered an XL, which was huge, and returned it for a L, which is a bit more snug than I would want. Wish their L was more in between. The jacket is tight around the waist, and it is also longer than I personally need it to be. Unfortunately, that equals a bit of rise to it when sitting on the bike. The tail, therefore, doesn't stay under my butt while sitting. I have a rather normal, perhaps slightly longer torso for my height, so the jacket seems to be slightly oddly sized. The arms are a bit long, and the sleeve-opening is a bit tight at its most open setting. The tall and lined collar is perhaps my favorite part of the jacket--no more bugs whacking my neck. The vents work well enough, though I wouldn't want to wear this gear in 90+ degree F weather. The jacket does not zip to the pants, like some gear, which may be important to you. Its snugness around the bottom of the jacket may be KLIM's workaround for lacking this feature.
I have no reservations in recommending this gear in terms of overall quality. I have NOT crashed while wearing this gear, so I can't specifically vouch for its safety, though it has provided me with a sense of confidence because of its overall quality.
Its waterproof-ness is solid. Five days of AK and Yukon weather, and I didn't get wet once.
Its lack of zip-in/out liners is perfect for me. Wear what you want underneath this gear. I found layering underneath worked very well for colder weather.
I will try a different brand in 10 years when this gear wears out, but not because I don't like this gear--it's because I'm not shaped like a prototypical v-shaped six-foot-tall man. The Overland Jacket (and pants) feel like they're designed for the completely un-average "average" man. The XL was way too big, and the L is just a little too small. I guess it's time to lose a little weight since this gear will, I think, last a really long time, and at $800 for the set, I'll stick with it until it wears out.
June 30, 2014
Great jacket, waterproof and good protection.
Great jacket, waterproof (gore-tex is the best!) and good protection.
June 2, 2014
Well made with excellent protection.
Can't beat Goretex . Fabric is not stiff nor heavy. Armor is the good stuff but you can barely notice it. Could use one more inside pocket but overall probably one of the best quality jackets on the market.
April 22, 2014
So far so good
I bought this jacket to match up with a pair of Traverse pants for a 4000 mile trip this summer. So far, in the frigid North, I have ridden with the combo in temps ranging from 35-75 degrees. My impression so far has been very good. I have been able to layer up in the cold temps and stay warm and was able to open the vents and stay cool in warmer temps. I haven't had a chance to ride in 80+ temps yet so I can't talk about the venting as it gets warmer but so far I am very happy with this jackets performance. The D30 armor has also remained very comfortable as the temps dropped which has been a very nice surprise. Overall a very good jacket for the money.
April 21, 2014